Interview questions can be tricky at all times. The trickier part is that often you’re told to boast about your cordial relations with your previous employer, yet you need to explain why you got fired, or you want to quit. Tackling the interview questions with caution and knowing what’s right when is the key to cracking it. Know how to smartly tackle tricky job interview questions to ensure you’re not stuck.
And note below mentioned tips are highly effective when you know and work on your english communication level.
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Don’t you think you’re over-qualified for this post?
If there’s one answer that guarantees you won’t get this job is a yes. Instead, stay humble, and even if you think you’re overqualified and still want this job, tell them why you want to join this company and convince them how a good organization matters more to you than designation. Make the interviewer believe that you’re here for long, and not looking at this job as a rest house till you crack a better one.
What if you don’t get a promotion even after five years of working here? We’re rigid in promotions. Can you deal with the frustration or disappointment it might cause?
Your interviewer must know that your goal at his job is to learn and grow, and not just getting promotions. Tell them you’re ambitious at work but you’re also practical in life. You must also sound confident that your work, determination and capabilities will please the employer that will motivate you, and stimulate you to keep marching.
What would be the biggest risk you think with the post we are interviewing you for?
This question is your interviewer’s attempt to know more about your strengths and weaknesses. Talk about the challenges you’ve faced at work in the past and explain how you effectively got through them with fortitude, uphill struggle, smartness and aptitude. Tell them you’ve almost been there, don’t that. You’re ready to take it up once more.
You worked for five years at xyz. But you weren’t promoted there even. Why is it so?
Answer this or something similar, related to your experience- “In my five years of tenure there, I have seen and learnt a lot. XYZ is a great company but only the ones behind the window know what all it has been through. When I joined this job, I thought I got the best of both worlds, but soon after I realized it was a sinking ship. That’s when recession had struck and we saw them cutting costs and everyone around me lost their jobs, but I retained mine with great effort and perseverance. Subsequently, my boss joined a rival company and my company took a couple of months to replace him. And then, we had a company merger. Major shares of the company were acquired by abc company and the new boss brought in his people. Once more, I persistently saved my job. My promotion was long overdue, but I never broached it. It was never the right time as I had no one from the previous team to vouch for my performance.”
I see from your resume you lost your job twice. What would you say about that?
If you’re not confident you lost your job because of external factors like recession, new boss replaced employees with his people etc, which you can mention and explain, you can simply stay away from explaining why you were fired and talk about how you recovered both times from the shock and how it made you a stronger person. Getting a job better than the one you got fired from is the best answer you can put forward if it almost happened. And you should also must read 10 hacks to write an effective resume.
What qualities would you look for in a candidate if you were on my chair?
Tell the interviewer if you were blessed to be where he is, you would clearly look for qualities you know you’ve got. Mention troubleshooting capability, ability to work as a team and ability to close deals. Keep the position in mind and talk about qualities and abilities that are most required for the post. Also make sure you are close to what you ask for. Conclude your answer by saying “Let me tell you something about my background …”
That’s how you nail it!
What if your colleague steals all your ideas and takes credit for your hard work and ingenuity? How would you tackle it?
Tell them you’re not the one who would hold on to the boss’s tail at all times and keep coming back with complaints. You can deal with stuff at your own. You try polite ways first, if it doesn’t work, give him credit in public for his work, ideas and achievement, expecting the person to return the favor and if it doesn’t work, you can be stern and warn the person too without being scared.
‘Managing up’ or ‘managing down’- what do you do better?
Tell them you feel managing up and managing down is a delicate art and none can be ignored. Add to it that “from my personal experience, I’ve learnt if you manage up well, you don’t really need to manage down a lot.” Also talk about understanding your job well makes it easy to manage up while your organization skills, English communication skills, leadership qualities and management style, accepting imprecations and regular feedbacks makes managing down graceful. And also check out best ways to handle job interviews.